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making moments

The Light Shines
The Light Shines
It’s definitely been another adventurous year!
I hope you found many moments to cherish in your Christmas and all of these days of 2015. Usually my last week of the year is set on reviewing journals and messages from God. This year I kept reviewing as I went. It has felt like a steamship that was in port has been let out to the sea…and my current work is being a deck hand so concentrating on what my daily tasks are and letting God steer.

Our Zeeland Artists gallery has been well received in it’s little downtown shop. I had fun creating some whimsical art pieces for family gifts this Christmas and also for our sermon series on The Light.

We all have areas that darkness tries to overwhelm but Jesus reminds us in John 16:33 to take heart, because HE HAS overcome the world!

I pray your coming year brings even more of the dreams God has for your life into being. We are never too old, too young, too weak, too…anything. Because it really is not about us – His Word is truth and with Christ ALL things are possible!

Think with possibility and be a blessing everywhere you go!

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cloudy to clear

cloudy to clear
cloudy to clear
Sunshine brings extra beauty to what some would call ordinary. A amazing day again for capturing images of the changing leaves. One of the things I paint in my head as I view them…

I experience a period of frightening clarity in those moments when nature is so beautiful. I am no longer sure of myself, and the paintings appear as in a dream. Vincent Van Gogh

Oh, brethren, be great believers! Little faith will bring your souls to heaven, but great faith will bring heaven to you. C.H. Spurgeon

Thank you Lord for the slice of heaven You bring to us each day. Help us to see the moments with new clarity and not let them slip away…

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whole self

Swift - mixed media
Swift – mixed media

He is the head over every power and authority. In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. Colossians 2:10-12

I feel this speaks to part of a dream I had. I was wearing a suit, a jacket and slacks in royal blue. Some other clothing was over the clothes like a gown. I “strategically” removed my suit while still having the over-garment on. In human terms – not easy at all!

Our redemption does not happen by what we do…the work has been done by Jesus on the cross already…not by human hands. It really is not about us…but about HIM!

His grace is sufficient!

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fullness in Christ

Swims - mixed media
Swims – mixed media
What does it mean to have Christ dwell in us?
How does it change us?
Have we really received His fullness?

For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Colossians 1:19-20

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. Colossians 2:9

Fullness has been strong in my mind as I read and pray so I have stayed in Colossians asking – What are You trying to show me Lord?

Some sense a lack of God’s fullness and attention, maybe feeling unworthiness or it has to be earned. And I examine myself and see I too can see life from that perspective and it’s not what His word says or His message of grace…

How GREAT is our Fathers love!

Now you know why I don’t post all of my journals here :0)

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unfinished

unfinished work
unfinished work
How much more…
to earn?
to learn?
to overcome?
to change?
to understand?
to experience?

Should we ever become “satisfied” where we are at?
Does being “content” mean we settle when things are not good?
Can we only “rejoice” when all is well?

Life brings more and more questions as we continue to breathe. And if you dig into God’s Word, you should find even more to make you say, “What does this mean?”

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Philippians 3:12

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. Philippians 4:11

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:6

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full hearts

New Discovery
New Discovery
What are you pondering in your heart?

Luke has several areas on the heart that are catching my attention.

Mary – treasuring and pondering the words spoken about her son Jesus. Luke 2
Jesus – knows the thoughts, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? Luke 5

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Luke 6:45

The parable of seed and soil is about the heart. Luke 8

Love the Lord your God with all your heart… Luke 10:25

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12

It’s not about what you know, where you go, how others see you, what you own, where you live, how much you can memorize – it’s about your heart…

He loves you BEYOND measure!
Will you love Him back the same way?

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hope full

Hanging On
Hanging On

All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.

Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.
Romans 8:22-28

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confidence

hand up
hand up
This has come up multiple times for me. I hope it’s an encouragement to you too.

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds…
So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God you will receive what he has promised.
Hebrews 10:23-24, 35-36

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Hebrews 4:16

In this world we ALL have troubles – He tells us to take heart – He has overcome even this world!!! Hang on to His word – His truth – His promises. It’s not just a history lesson but manna that brings life…

I pray your weekend is filled to overflowing.

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guilt

closed hand
closed hand
For years Jesus Calling was my devotional and recently I picked it up again. Some things are good to hang on to!

From September 23 –

“If you carry a burden of guilt on your back, you are more likely to stumble and fall. At your request, I will remove the heavy load from you and bury it at the foot of the cross.” Sarah Young

How many days are we digging up something that was already removed and trying to carry it again?

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV

Are you ready to release things too?

God’s shown me several non-beneficial things I’ve dug up and tried to carry again – thankfully He also helps me to recognize and release, so I can receive the fullness He desires to give.

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy. Psalm 107:2 KJV

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recognition

Centering
Centering
I was so committed to getting back to daily posts.
and then…

Recognition – I first wanted to use this word in recognizing where God is at work. It is also a word of celebration or acknowledgment and part of my goal here is to bring glory to God.

After my last post, I was still thinking of this painting. How the three trees spoke to me of Father, Son, Spirit and sometimes we don’t see the forest (or God) through the trees.

Here’s where more recognition (noticing God’s hand) came in.

For guests, I usually refresh bedding before their arrival since the cats play under covers. One is there right now! I had taken the bed apart, posted this painting for Monday and that afternoon – my Candian friend I met through this photo/painting said she was driving through and asked to stay overnight. Wisconsin was her original plan.

I felt like God was calling her here and preparing me for her arrival.

As she came in the door (she has stayed one other time), she noticed this painting and remembered the sunset and trees from when we met in Hawaii.

I call these God moments.

I pray today that you too will notice how God IS speaking directly to you and will have recognition for His marvelous ways!